facebook

Samantha Lane

  • Senior Lecturer: Human Biology
  • Email: S.Lane@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: CoLA - Culture and Environment
2

Personal statement

I graduated from Cardiff University in 2001 with an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, and went on to gain a PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff the following year. I then returned to Cardiff University, this time to the Pharmacology Department of the Welsh School of Pharmacy where I carried out an industrially funded PhD in occupational lung disease, completed in 2005. I joined Bath Spa University in 2006 after carrying out 12 months post-doctoral research at the School of Pharmacy into plant tannins as a cause of respiratory disease.

My research interests centre on the analysis and measurement of respiratory toxins from processed organic material such as cotton and hemp. Specifically my work focuses on agents of microbial origin, including baterial endotoxin and fungal glucan, their measurement and health effects in occupational and domestic environments. I was awarded a Bath Spa Promising Researcher Fellowship in 2008.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Cardiff
  • PGCE UWIC
  • PhD Cardiff.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Biology since 2007
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011.

Teaching specialism 

I am Module Leader for the following modules;

  • FN4001-40: Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • FN4004-20: Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • BY4003-20: Human Biology
  • BY6012-20: Investigations in Human Biology.

I am also a tutor on the following modules;

  • FN5002-20: Research Skills
  • FN6001-40: Food and Nutrition Dissertation
  • BY4001-40: Biology; The Living World
  • BY5001-40: Biology; The Science of Life
  • BY5004-20: Health and Human Environments
  • BY6001-40: Biology Dissertation.

Current research:

Currently working on things in the follow areas; the role of celebrity chefs on the habits and behaviour of UK consumers; food allergies; and dietary provision for those following minority diets (i.e. vegans, vegetarians and those with coeliac disease). Also developing research looking at microbial growth in drinking water stored in reused plastic drinks bottles.

Previous research: 

2006-2010: Focused on the analysis of microbial toxicants in domestic dusts and their links with symptoms of asthma. Included some collaborative work with Cardiff University, analysing fungal glucan in house dust collected from the homes of asthmatics. Awarded a Bath Spa Promising Researcher Fellowship in 2008, was an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Cardiff University during this period.

2005-2006: Post-doctoral research into cotton plant tannins as an agent of respiratory disease. Work carried out at Cardiff University. Funded by a grant for £28,000 from the British Cotton Growing Association, Manchester University, UK.

2002-2005: PhD research entitled 'Investigation into the measurement of biological contamination of cotton fibres as an indicator of risk to repiratory health and detriment to structural quality'. Work carried out at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University. Industrially funded by the International Cotton Association, Liverpool, UK.

Other scholarship

Attended and presented at the Centre for Bioscience Conference on Student Research. Nottingham University 2008.

Invited review article published in Biologist magazine: Lane, S. R., and Sewell, R. D. E. 2006. Endotoxins and glucans; environmental trouble-makers. Biologist 53(3): 129-134.

Attendance and poster presentation at the 2004 and 2005 British Pharmaceutical Conference, Manchester UK.

Invited presentation at The 27th International Cotton Conference, Bremen, Germany, 2004.
'Investigation into the Biological Contamination of Cotton Fibres as an Indicator of Quality and Safety'. Published in Conference Proceedings as: Lane, S., Sewell, R., and Nicholls, P. 2004. Investigation into the biological contamination of cotton fibres, as an indicator of quality and safety. Proceedings of the 27th International Cotton Conference, Bremen (Eds. Schneider, Th., Heap, S. A., and Stevens, J. C.) pp 55-61, Publishers; Faserinstitut, Bremen e. V., Postfach 105807, Bremen, Germany.

Scholarship specifically underpins the content of BY4003 Human Biology, BY5004 Health and Human Environments, and the projects offered for the BY6001/FN6001 dissertation modules and BY6012 Investigations in Human Biology.

Recent professional updating

  • FAA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work; April 2014
  • Workshop on the use of ipads and apps in teaching; February 2014
  • Introduction to 'R'; December 2013
  • Minerva and the Grademark Workshop; March 2012
  • Google Apps Workshop; February 2012
  • Bristol Online Surveys Training; September 2011
  • BSU e-learning day; June 2011
  • Blackboard 9.1 Training Workshop; September 2010.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

The pharmacology and toxicology of inhaled dusts, endotoxins and glucans
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2006) 'The pharmacology and toxicology of inhaled dusts, endotoxins and glucans.' In: Salem, H and Katz, S, eds. Inhalation Toxicology Second Edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 803-824. ISBN 9780849340499


The fungal profile of cotton fibres, associated toxins and wider implications for indoor health
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2005) 'The fungal profile of cotton fibres, associated toxins and wider implications for indoor health.' In: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, S-105-S-106.


The gram-negative bacteria flora of the cotton production environment and relevance to occupational lung disease
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2005) 'The gram-negative bacteria flora of the cotton production environment and relevance to occupational lung disease.' In: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, S-105-S-106.


The applicability of a glucan-specific enzyme assay for the measurement of (1-3)-glucan on cotton fibres, and implications for occupational health
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S, Thomas, F and Nicholls, P (2004) 'The applicability of a glucan-specific enzyme assay for the measurement of (1-3)-glucan on cotton fibres, and implications for occupational health.' In: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, S-85-S-91.


Applicability of (1and#61664;3)-and#946;-D-glucan enzyme assay on cotton samples from different sources and toxicological implications
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Thomas, F (2004) 'Applicability of (1and#61664;3)-and#946;-D-glucan enzyme assay on cotton samples from different sources and toxicological implications.' In: John, D N, ed. WSP UG research abstract book. STS Publishing, Cardiff, p. 77.


The measurement of endotoxin on cotton fibres and implications for industrial health
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S, Cain, A and Nicholls, P (2004) 'The measurement of endotoxin on cotton fibres and implications for industrial health.' In: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, S-85-S-91.


Endotoxin quantification on cotton lint samples from within Sudan: the impact of growth region, variety and year of harvest on potential respiratory risk
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Cain, A (2004) 'Endotoxin quantification on cotton lint samples from within Sudan: the impact of growth region, variety and year of harvest on potential respiratory risk.' In: John, D N, ed. WSP UG research abstract book. STS Publishing, Cardiff, p. 15.


Investigation into the biological contamination of cotton fibres, as an indicator of quality and safety
book_section

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2004) 'Investigation into the biological contamination of cotton fibres, as an indicator of quality and safety.' In: Schneider, T, Heap, S and Stevens, J, eds. Proceedings of the 27th International Cotton Conference. Faserinstitut, Bremen, Germany, pp. 55-61.


The influence of celebrity chefs on a student population
article

Lane, S and Fisher, S (2015) 'The influence of celebrity chefs on a student population.' British Food Journal, 117 (2). pp. 614-628. ISSN 0007-070X


The bacterial profile of cotton lint from worldwide origins, and links with occupational lung disease.
article

Sewell, R.D.E and Lane, S (2007) 'The bacterial profile of cotton lint from worldwide origins, and links with occupational lung disease.' American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 50 (1). pp. 42-47. ISSN 10970274


The bacterial profile of cotton lint from across the world, and links with occupational lung disease
article

Lane, S (2007) 'The bacterial profile of cotton lint from across the world, and links with occupational lung disease.' American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 50 (1). pp. 42-47.


The fungal profile of cotton lint from across the world and implications for occupational health.
article

Sewell, R.D.E and Lane, S (2006) 'The fungal profile of cotton lint from across the world and implications for occupational health.' Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 3 (9). pp. 508-512. ISSN 15459632


Endotoxins and glucans: environmental troublemakers
article

Sewell, R.D.E and Lane, S (2006) 'Endotoxins and glucans: environmental troublemakers.' The Biologist, 53 (3). pp. 129-134. ISSN 0006-3339


Correlative measurement of four biological contaminants on cotton lint, and their implications for occupational health.
article

Sewell, R.D.E and Lane, S (2006) 'Correlative measurement of four biological contaminants on cotton lint, and their implications for occupational health.' International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 12 (2). pp. 120-125. ISSN 1077-3525


Biological contamination parameters of cotton lint as biomarkers for fibre quality; a preliminary study.
article

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Jiang, R (2006) 'Biological contamination parameters of cotton lint as biomarkers for fibre quality; a preliminary study.' Fibers and Polymers, 7 (10). pp. 8-11. ISSN 1229-9197


The fungal profile of cotton lint from diverse sources and implications for occupational health
article

Sewell, R.D.E and Lane, S (2006) 'The fungal profile of cotton lint from diverse sources and implications for occupational health.' Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 3 (9). pp. 508-512.


Investigation into the biological contamination of cotton fibres, as an indicator of quality and safety
article

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2004) 'Investigation into the biological contamination of cotton fibres, as an indicator of quality and safety.' Asian Textile Journal, 13 (7). pp. 31-33. ISSN 0971-3425


The measurement and health impact of endotoxin contamination in organic dusts from multiple sources: focus on the cotton industry
article

Sewell, R.D.E, Lane, S and Nicholls, P (2004) 'The measurement and health impact of endotoxin contamination in organic dusts from multiple sources: focus on the cotton industry.' Inhalation Toxicology, 16 (4). pp. 217-229. ISSN 1091-7691


Current trends in research into the waterborne parasite Giardia
article

Lane, S and Lloyd, D (2002) 'Current trends in research into the waterborne parasite Giardia.' Critical Reviews in Microbiology, 28 (2). pp. 123-147. ISSN 1040-841X


Health benefits of elderflower
commissioned_report

Lane, S and De Sequeira, A (2007) Health benefits of elderflower.


Edit profile | Website feedback to web@bathspa.ac.uk